Using Technology to Make Large Enrollment Classes More Cost-Effective with Enhanced Learning
Dr. Frederick Suppe (Professor and Chair of Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures, Texas Tech University)
In the context of foreign-language learning, techniques have been developed to replace traditional workbook exercises, grammar instruction, and vocabulary memorization by interactive on-line tutorials that are provably superior in developing second-language acquisition. These techniques enable substantial instructional cost-reductions while enhancing second-language acquisition. Performance data will be supplied. These approaches have been developed for Spanish, but have been ported to German. Their adaptability to non-western languages including the teaching of Japanese as a second-language for native Chinese speakers will be discussed. Next generation software developments in progress to enhance the approach will be sketched and consideration given to the extension of the basic interactive-tutorial approach to biological, social, and physical sciences that presently use traditional workbooks to teach core content. The expectation is that similar cost-reductions with enhanced learning outcomes will be realized not only for the instruction of non-western languages but also for other disciplines that rely on workbooks for teaching core content.